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GEC discusses election complaints

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - While things went pretty smoothly at Election Central with the tabulation of the ballots, the Guam Election Commission did receive more than a handful of administrative complaints - eight to be exact - regarding Super Tuesday.

Along with a complaint we mentioned election night of a voter challenge against Gary Gumataotao who is alleged to have voted out of district,  KUAM has learned other complaints filed include the need for more voting booths, not enough lines for write-in candidates, the change in room for the Asan-Maina precinct, someone not getting a slip proving they voted on Election Day, a complaint of a ballot being removed from a ballot box because it was too full, and provisional ballots not being sealed properly.

We should add Gutierrez Gumataotao Campaign Manager Jeff Marchesseault also emailed the GEC a list of election complaints called into the GG headquarters on Super Tuesday. The GEC has 15 calendar days to address all the complaints.

In the meantime, GEC Legal Counsel Jeff Cook also discussed what is required should the difference between two candidates is two percent or less for the legislative race in this case for the number 15 and 16 spots. He says based on statute, a final determination of whether a recount is necessary cannot be made until all the votes are tabulated.

Cook adds based on statute, certification of the results cannot take place until 10 days after the Election— not including weekends or holiday, so the earliest is November 20. In that time, the GEC is accepting 111 off-island absentee ballots and addressing 218 provisional ballots. They also have to account all write-in votes as well.

The GEC will meet at 5:43 on November 20 for certification of the results. 

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